Kathleen Pozzi was appointed Public Defender in May, 2013 after serving as Interim Public Defender since March, 2012. Ms. Pozzi received an Associate of Arts Degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in the Administration of Justice. She continued on to graduate from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor degree in Government in 1981. She went on to attend Empire College School of Law, graduating in 1986.
Ms. Pozzi began working for the Public Defender’s Office in 1986, while in law school. She began as a law clerk and was later hired as a beginning lawyer. She made her way up the ranks becoming the first female Assistant Public Defender and then Public Defender. She has had the opportunity to handle a multitude of different types of criminal cases, some of which were high profile. She is a dedicated criminal defense attorney who believes in defending those less fortunate and empowering people to improve their lives. She often remarks that this “is the most gallant and noble profession that a person can have”.
Ms. Pozzi has been a law professor at Empire College of Law since 1987 where she is the Chairperson for the Academic Standards Committee and the Scholarship Committee. She has been a member of the California Public Defenders Association since 1986, where she currently sits as a Board Member. Ms. Pozzi also sits on many boards and committees, local and statewide